Over the past few months, the potential signing of veteran guard Ray Allen by the Cleveland Cavaliers had been a strong media rumor. According to a Tweet from Fansided.com columnist Glenn Moore, earlier reports of the rumor have been confirmed as true, though no contract terms were available.
Earlier reports of Ray Allen signing with Cavaliers are true. Done deal. #NBA
— Glenn Moore (@GlennMooreCLE) October 7, 2014
The 39-year-old Allen is 6-5, played with LeBron James on the Miami Heat the past two seasons, and will be starting his 19th season in the NBA. The Cavaliers will be his fifth team, after having played for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder), the Boston Celtics, and the Heat.
Allen has two NBA championship rings to his credit, having won with the 2008-09 Celtics and with Miami in 2012-13. In the latter case, his dramatic three-pointer in game six of the NBA Finals helped the Heat win in overtime to avoid elimination. Two nights later, they won their second consecutive championship.
Like many of the veterans brought in to this year’s edition of the Cavaliers, Allen is known for his three-point shooting prowess. Over the course of his career, he’s hit from long range 40 percent of the time on nearly 7,500 shots.
Prior to his arrival with the Heat, Allen was a regular in his teams’ starting lineups. However, in his 152 games for Miami, Allen started just nine of 152 regular season games played, averaging 26 minutes per contest. Last year, he averaged 9.6 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game.
That philosophy will also be the case with Cleveland, whose starting lineup is virtually set. Allen’s role will be to inject instant offense into the lineup. Given that limited role and his experience, he should be more than ready to go when the Cavaliers officially tip off the 2014-15 season on October 30 against the New York Knicks.